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Coffee News

2014 Franchise 500
#93
At a Glance

Products & Services: Weekly newspaper distributed at restaurants

Number of Locations: 825

Total Investment: $10.3K - $11.3K

Founded: 1988

Began Franchising: 1994

About Coffee News

Coffee News was started by Jean Daum in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1988. She began franchising in 1994. In 1995, Bill Buckley became the first U.S. franchisee. He bought the company from Daum in 2008, and Coffee News is now based in his home in Bangor, Maine. Coffee News is a free weekly publication distributed in restaurants, coffee shops and hotels. In addition to ads for local businesses, it contains news stories, jokes, trivia and horoscopes.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 491 202 127 5
2013 541 197 146 4
2012 544 197 146 0
2011 593 206 206 0
2010 677 199 242 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $10,250 - $11,250
Franchise Fee: $9,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: $25-80/wk.
Term of Franchise Agreement: 4 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: Three-year 0% financing for 2nd through 5th units
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 3 days. Mentor program
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Internet, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Ad slicks,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #93 (2014), #128 (2013), #220 (2012), #82 (2011), #54 (2010),
Low-Cost: #15 (2014), #17 (2013), #37 (2012), #17 (2011), #13 (2010),
Top Home-Based: #16 (2014), #27 (2013), #59 (2012), #20 (2011), #12 (2010),
America's Top Global: #183 (2014), #173 (2012), #69 (2011), #47 (2010),

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